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Tips From the Experts: Tara Stiles

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Tara Stiles is a passionate yoga instructor and the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, a yoga studio in New York. Her approach to yoga, nutrition, and everyday well-being are relatable and inspiring.  Tara has several DVD series, two top selling books and is the designer and face of Reebok’s yoga lifestyle line.

As a busy and accomplished yoga instructor, Tara gives her tips for staying productive throughout the day:

She explains each tip further for maximum comfort and productivity:

1. Stay Hydrated: Keep a big glass of water with you at your desk and in meetings. It’s great for staying hydrated, cutting cravings, and also keeps you getting up and moving around (on your walks to the bathroom)

2. Take mini-yoga breaks: Even at your desk there is so much you can do. Easy twisting side to side, Alternate nostril breathing for focus, and eagle arms to release tension in your shoulders and back.

3. Office Yoga Class: Get your co-workers involved. Round up your office to participate in a lunchtime yoga class, or even before or after work class. At a studio or in the office, practicing together is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing and also good team building!

4. Take a Deep Breath: Find the ease. This is a nice result of regular practice of yoga and meditation and you can also practice during the day. When something is frustrating, take a deep breath or go for a walk if that works for you. Then come back and proceed with ease. Water is stronger than rock - this mindset works in negotiation, just like in yoga class, and the rest of your life. Stay easy and enjoy the ride!

 

For more inspiring tips and yoga tutorials, follow Tara on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook as well as on her website, TaraStiles.com.

July 4th Relaxation

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The 4th of July can often turn into a hectic and busy holiday so, what better time to plan for a relaxing weekend instead?   Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway with a significant other, visiting friends and family out of town, or just having a staycation at home, Relax The Back believes everyone deserves some rest and leisure every now and then.

 

Here are some of our favorite products and tips to help you relax this upcoming holiday weekend:

  • Sleep in comfort during the hot summer nights with a Cooling Slumber Pad. Using a layer of thermally activated gel to absorb and dissipate body heat while the user sleeps, this pad can relieve sunburn, sooth menopause and ease lower back pain.
  • Feeling stressed? Try these Restorative Yoga Poses to help ease tension and stress from a busy workweek.
  • With four heated massage heads rotating in opposite directions you can reach ultimate relaxation and muscle stimulation with the Kneading Back Massage Cushion.
  • Spend time relaxing and enjoying the outdoors in our Zero Gravity Outdoor Recliner. Offering proper back support and a high level of comfort, this chair is the perfect ergonomic relaxation piece for any outdoor area.
  • Sneak in a nap or two throughout the weekend.
  • Relieve pressure and back pain with our Mastercare Inversion Table. With a lower pivot point you can relieve sciatica and muscle spasms with a greater sense of safety and security.

Be sure to visit us at one of our Relax The Back locations or online at www.relaxtheback.com, to continue the holiday weekend relaxation.

Benefits of Yoga for Back Pain Relief

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Many suffering from back pain find yoga intimidating, especially when imagining back bending. But yoga is more than just body twisting – it’s a mind-body practice that combines poses, deep breathing, and meditation. Yoga is also very much a personal practice, and can be easily modified to fit your abilities and limitations with the help of simple props.

Physical Poses
The fundamentals of physical yoga teach you precise alignment and posture to correct any bad and harmful habits in body movement. Overall, stretching and holding poses help increase flexibility, muscular strength and joint mobility while specific poses work to strengthen abdominal and lower back muscles for much needed back support.

Deep Breathing
Yoga incorporates slow and deep, diaphragmatic breathing that balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which can reduce your perception of pain.

Meditation
Meditation helps you relax, focus, and manage stress that could result in back pain and tension. It can also improve your mental and emotional health to help you keep up with the demands of a busy life impeded by back pain.

Use of Props
Simple props such as pillows, blankets, blocks, and foam rollers can help you hold modified poses according your ability. This allows your body to relax and strengthen in comfortable positions. Relax the Back’s Exercise and Therapy Foam Rollers in particular can be used for abdominal and spine stretching and balance exercises in yoga.

As with any physical activity, the addition of hot and cold therapy can relieve stress on your muscles and body that Yoga may cause. Consider using a Therabeads Moist Heat Pad for muscles aches, arthritis pain and tension. To stay cool, try substituting your yoga mat with the Shield Life Cool Pad.

You should also exercise caution. There are many variations of yoga and finding the right regimen can be confusing. To maximize the healing benefits of yoga, consider practicing with an experienced yoga teacher who can help address your problems and tailor poses and sequences to your needs.